Category Music Monday
More African Christmas Music I like to explore the lesser known alleyways of music, so today’s selection is from Africa. The song itself should be familiar, though! I don’t usually find that music videos add anything beyond the music by itself — but this video really manages to tell a touching story.
African Christmas I like to explore the lesser known alleyways of music, so today’s selection is from Africa — Sing Noel, with plenty of great drumming included at no extra charge!
It’s December, so Duke and the Nutcracker I like to explore the lesser known alleyways of music, so today’s selection is a golden oldie — the Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn jazz version of The Nutcracker Suite. Instead of The Sugar Plum Fairy, they called this movement the Sugar Rum Cherry.
Lest we forget Today, November 11, is Remembrance Day / Veteran’s Day. Considering that, what else could I possibly choose than this song? The poem “In Flanders Fields” is profoundly meaningful for my father’s family, whose roots extend back to a town smack dab in the killing fields of the Second Battle of Ypres. The […]
As my final musical salute to Halloween, it’s Night on Bald Mountain. This song from Fantasia is as satanic as Disney ever got — and now that the Disney company has gone all corporate, I’m sure they would never think of doing so darkly ‘real’ as this. What’s your favourite Halloween music?
I know it’s Halloween in just ten day, but nonetheless I’m going to deviate from my self-imposed diet of holiday music. Instead, today’s tune has personal meaning. “Hallelujah,” by Leonard Cohen, is sung here in my favorite version by KD Lang who has, let’s face it, a better voice than Mr Cohen. (With all due […]
Spooky! In honor of October, I’m continuing with my very favorite Halloween music. This one is undeniably spooky!
The Devil’s Dance In honor of October, here’s my very favorite Halloween music. John Williams, the world’s most famous movie composer (Star Wars, Superman, Harry Potter) wrote this for the film The Witches of Eastwick. The movie is very good, but not nearly as great as this Devil’s Dance!
The Savages Last week I teased you with a short piece from 1725 that was the soundtrack for an operation. This week I’m staying in the same year, same country (France) for perhaps an even greater musical oddity: an interpretation of Native Americans by 18th century civilization. In 1725, French settlers in Illinois sent Chief Agapit Chicagou of the Mitchigamea and […]
Marin Marais I just had an operation on my shoulder. We tend to think of such things as modern, but not so! (Operations, not shoulders!) The French bassist and composer, Marin Marais, had an operation nearly 300 years ago, in 1725 — and he wrote music describing it. As a subject for a tune, that’s […]